Belle of the ball
Hollywood – and the fashion industry – have embraced Alicia Vikander as this year’s ‘ It’ girl.
EVERY so often, Hollywood likes to annoint an “It” girl – a rising actress who happens to be super talented and beautiful. And without fail, the fashion industry follows suit, in their embrace of this new starlet.
In 2011, it was Jessica Chastain. In 2013, it was Lupita Nyong’o.
This year, that honour belongs to Alicia Vikander, 27. The newly- minted Academy Award winner ( for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl) is undoubtedly the toast of Tinseltown at the moment, and I confess I have a teeny weeny obsession with her.
Born Alicia Amanda Vikander in Sweden, she began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television series in her native country. She then became well- known for her role in a popular Swedish soap.
Vikander made the world sit up and pay attention with Ex- Machina, one of her six films released last year. As robot Ava, Vikander was mesmerising and I could not take my eyes off her whenever she was on screen. It was easy to believe why the hap-less protagonist fell head over heels in love with Ava, although she was not human.
In The Man Fromm U. N. C. L. E, Vikander held her own against two alpha leading men ( Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer), and looked fabulous decked out in 1960s retro fashion.
The ballet-trained beauty is presently in a relationship with 38-year-old Michae Fassbender ( who was also Oscar-nominated this year for Steve Jobs). Vikander will next be seen with her beau in The Li ight Between Oceans as well as the new Bourne installmen with Matt Damon.
Vikander is now the face of Louis Vuitton and one of the house’s ambassadors on the red carpet. Further sealing her fashionista status, she graced the December cover of Vogue.
According to Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, he cast Vikander in his ad campaigns after her films convinced him that she could play a range of different women.
“She’s unpredictable,” he said in the Vogue feature, recall-ing his surprise when she pulled up on the back of Fassbender’s motorcycle to a photo shoot in Barcelona.
With Ghesquière, the duo have reimagined traditional Hollywood dress codes with a chameleon-like approach: One moment you’ll see Vikander in a floor-sweeping gown and the next, she’s in a boh hemian shirt-dress.
Although I found Vikander’s princessy Belle dress at the Oscars underwhelming, her ensembles at past movie pre-mieres and awards ceremonies have been nothing short of stellar.
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